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Rara Lake to Khaptad National Park Trek

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Trip Code : DH/T-06
Destination : Rara and Khaptad National Park
Duration : 17 Days
Max Altitude : 3020 m
Starts at : Kathmandu
End at : Dhangadhi
Best Season : September, October, November, December, February, March, April
Rara Lake and Khaptad National Park are one of the most famous trekking destinations which provide you an opportunity to admire the serenity and natural beauty of a far and mid-western part of Nepal. It is one of the best and wonderful trek to explore Rara Lake, an idyllic place. This amazing Rara Lake is filled with astounding clear water surrounded by the protected forests, makes this Lake a natural paradise.
 Rara lake to Khaptad trek provides you an opportunity to visit two famous trekking destination and experience the wilderness along with exploring virgin natural beauties of Nepal. This trek is one of the best choices to explore the spiritual significance and important pilgrimage site; The Rara Lake and Khaptad National Park.  This astounding trek offers us the beautiful sunset views, wonderful greenery valley, terraces landscapes, Ashram of Khaptad Baba with the various temples of Hindu Gods. It is amazing to view the reflection of stars and moon on the Rara Lake at the night. The way to the Rara Lake and Khaptad let you have peaceful trek on the unbeaten trail through dense forest, river and various settlements. Beside Rara Lake, Khaptad also offers you a variety of landscapes, moorlands, rolling green hill, steep slopes, beautiful rhododendron, oak and pine forests, and streams. Khaptad National Park, a hidden gem in far west Nepal has been protected 567 species of flora including 23 species of mammals and 287 types of bird’s species and various fauna. You can witness mammal species such as; Himalayan black bear, Leopard, wild dog and musk deer and bird’s species include, the white-rumped vulture, the beautiful Impeyan pheasant (Nepal’s national bird), Peregrin falcon and many types of partridges, flycatchers, bulbuls, cuckoos, and eagles. The peak of Khaptad also offers us a magnificent view of the API and Sapal Himalayan range.
 This amazing trail begins from Kathmandu with a scenic flight to Nepalgunj. After Nepalgunj, you will take a connecting flight to Talcha airport and you will begin our official trail from Talcha Airport to Rara Lake. Around 3 hours trek takes you to an idyllic place. You will explore the beautiful Rara Lake and heads towards Khaptad National Park. As you explore this wilderness of Khaptad National Park then you will be returned back to Dhangadi and Dhangadi to Kathmandu by Air flight.
Short Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu - Nepalgunj
Day04:   Flight Nepalgunj to Talcha Airport (2200 m) - walk or drive to Rara Lake (2990 m) 3 hrs
Day 05: Explore Rara Lake. Visit Murma Top, take a walk around the lake (13km) or explore some of the viewpoints.
Day 06: Rara Lake (2990 m) - Sirkot (2041 m) 6 hrs
Day 07: Sirkot (2041 m) - Jholunge Pul (1400 m) 7 hrs
Day 08: Jholunge Pul (1400 m) - Kolti (1390 m) 7 hrs
Day 09: Kolti (1390 m) - Martadi (1591 m) 10 hrs
Day 10: Martadi (1591 m) - Dogadi (1490 m) 6 hrs
Day 11: Dogadi (1490 m) - Khaptad Campsite (3020 m) 8-9 hrs
Day 12: Explore Khaptad National Park and visit Khaptad Baba Ashram
Day 13: Khaptad Campsite (3020 m) - Bajhang (Tamail) 9 hrs
Day 14: Drive to Dhangadhi, 9 Hrs
Day 15: Flight Dhangadhi- Kathmandu
Day 16: Kathmandu rest day
Day 17: Final Destination

 ​Treks Highlights
  • The eye-pleasing meadows, grassland, pastures or Patan of Khaptad
  • The peaceful scenic landscape of Khaptad
  • Biodiversity of Khaptad National Park; moorland, steep slopes, and streams
  • 567 flora and fauna including 23 mammals, 287 birds, and 23 amphibians and reptiles.
  •  leopard, Himalayan black bear, wild dog, and musk deer
  •  Impeyan pheasant, Peregrine falcon, and White-rumped vulture.”
  • Khaptad Baba Ashram
  • The other religiously important sites include within the park includes Tribeni, KhaptadDaha, Kedardhunga, Mai than, SahashraLinga
  • very long 30-32 hours journey from Kathmandu 
  •  traveling at night, these include Bardiya National Park, Chisapani Bridge over Karnali, the GhodaGhodi Tal 

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu- Transfer to Hotel

As soon you arrive in Kathmandu, a representative will pick you up and transfer you to a hotel. We’ll discuss the trek late in the evening. Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 2 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we’ll visit some religious and historical places in Kathmandu Valley. We will begin our sightseeing tour within Kathmandu, observing the UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as; Hanuman Dhoka Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Swoyambhunath and so on if time permits.  Pashupatinath Temple is the most sacred site for Hindus that is situated on the bank of Bagmati River and is known as the principal temple of Lord Shiva. Soyambhunath Temple is also known as the Monkey Temple that owns a large number of monkey populations in the area. We will have a brief discussion about the trek in the evening. Overnight in the same hotel.

Day 3 : Fly Kathmandu – Nepalgunj

Today, after early breakfast, we will take an air-flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Around 40 minutes scenic flight takes you to beautiful city Nepalgunj, near a border side of India. In the evening, you will stroll around and visit a lively market of Nepalgunj along with native settlements. You will stay overnight at Nepalgunj. 

Day 4 : Flight Nepalgunj to Talcha Airport (2200 m) - walk or drive to Rara Lake (2990 m) 3 hrs

In this day, after morning breakfast, we will take air flight from Nepalgunj to Talcha. As you reach Talch airport, then you will take a private Jeep and drive towards Rara Lake. Around 3 hours drive takes you to the Rara Lake. Overnight at Rara Lake Camp.

Day 5 : Explore Rara Lake. Visit Murma Top, take a walk around the lake (13km) or explore some of the viewpoints.

Today, early in the morning after having breakfast, you can explore the Rara Lake, the largest Lake in Nepal. This beautiful Lake has a deep freshwater and situated at the altitude of 2990m. The surface of this amazing Rara Lake is around 8 square Kilometer which is also considered as a unique spot in Nepal. The Lake is situated in the National Park which offers you to visit different flora and fauna such as; various bird species, rhododendron flowers, wildlife; Himalayan bears, Red Panda and musk deer and so on. You can also have an experience of remoteness and a wilderness in the Rara Lake. As you explore the Rara Lake, and then you will trek towards Murma Top from where you can have a splendid view of the area lake and mountains. Finally, you will return back to Lake and stay overnight at Rara Lake.

Day 6 : Rara Lake (2990 m) - Sirkot (2041 m) 6 hrs

Next morning, after breakfast, we will continue our trail Sirkot, which is situated at an elevation of 2041m. Around 6-hour trek will offer you to enjoy the nature and explore the place. Overnight at Sirkot.

Day 7 : Sirkot (2041 m) - Jholunge Pul (1400 m) 7 hrs

Today, after morning breakfast, we will head towards Jholunge Pul from Sirkot. It required around 7 hours walk to reach Jholunge Khola, which is situated at the elevation of 1400m. Overnight Jholunge Pul.

Day 8 : Jholunge Pul (1400 m) - Kolti (1390 m) 7 hrs

In this day, after morning breakfast, we will continue our trail towards Kolti, which is situated at the altitude of 1390m. Around 7 hours genital trek offers you a different native settlement to encounter with and observe their unique culture and traditions. Overnight at Kolti.

Day 9 : Kolti (1390 m) - Martadi (1591 m) 10 hrs

 Next morning, after breakfast, we will leave Kolti and heads towards Martadi, which is situated at the elevations of 1591m. Today we need to have a long trek, it takes around 10 hours to reach Martadi. Overnight at Martadi.

Day 10 : Martadi (1591 m) - Dogadi (1490 m) 6 hrs

As morning rises, we will have a breakfast and makes our trail towards Dogadi, which is situated at the summit of 1490m. Today’s trail will be slightly down towards Dogadi. Around 6 hours trail will lead us to the Dogadi and stay overnight at Dogadi.

Day 11 : Dogadi (1490 m) - Khaptad Campsite (3020 m) 8-9 hrs

In this day, after morning breakfast, we will find out our destination. We will leave Dogadi and heads towards Khaptad Camp Site, situated at an elevation of 3020m. Today we need to make around 8 to 9 hours up the trail towards Khaptad Campsite. Overnight at Khaptad Camp Site.

Day 12 : Explore Khaptad National Park and visit Khaptad Baba Ashram

Today, after early breakfast, we can explore the Khaptad National Park. We will visit Khaptad Museum and trek towards Khaptad Danda and visit Patan and Tower. You can experience extraordinary eco-system with a huge variety of Vegetation ranging from the sub-tropical forest. Khaptad National Park has recorded more than 224 species of medicinal herbs and 270 species of birds and various mammal’s species. The National Park is rich in various flora and fauna which offers you to encounter with various wildlife and discovers various plants. After you explore the National Park, you will walk around 2 hours to reach Khaptad Baba’s Ashram and Triveni. There you will meet with Khaptad baba and learn religious and social philosophical discourse from Baba. Overnight at Camp.

Day 13 : Khaptad Campsite (3020 m) - Bajhang (Tamail) 9 hrs

As morning rises, we will have a breakfast and continue our trail towards Bajhang. The way to Bajhang, you need to walk around 9 hours through the beautiful forest and various settlements. Then you will reach to Bajhang and explore the Banjhang. Overnight at Bajhang.

Day 14 : Drive to Dhangadhi, 9 Hrs

In this day, after morning breakfast, we will end our trek and heads towards Dhangadhi. Around 9 hours walk will take you to the Dhangadi, a village development committee in Siraha District in the Sagarmatha Zone of south-eastern Nepal. Overnight at Dhangadhi hotel.

Day 15 : Flight Dhangadhi- Kathmandu

In this day, you will end your trek and return back to Dnangadi and then to Kathmandu. Around 1-hour air flight for Kathmandu will once offer you stunning mountains vistas and some lively settlements. When you reach Kathmandu airport then you will be taken to the same Hotel by our representative. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 16 : Kathmandu rest day

Today you will rest and recall all the memories which you were captured in your cameras.  Today you can do some shopping in the vibrant Thamel market and in the evening, you can enjoy farewell dinner in the Nepali restaurant which represent typical Nepal culture. Then overnight you will stay in the same hotel.

Day 17 : Final Destination

This is the time to say goodbye and your final departure. Where you will leave all the beautiful moments and natural scenarios of the tour. Our representative will help you to find your final destination.

What's included

  •  Airport Pick up and Drop BY Private Vehicle.
  •  Hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
  •  Hotel in Nepalgunj with Breakfast.
  •  Accommodation and Food during the trek( Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner and Tee / Coffee each meal).
  •  National park entry permits and TIMS Permit.
  •  Guide/ Porter/ Other supporting Staff during the trek and necessary Equipment Insurance and ground transport for Staff.
  •  Air Fare from Kathmandu - Nepalgunj, Nepalgunj - Talcha and Dhangadhi - Kathmandu.
  •  Medicine kit.
  •  All Nepal Government Tax and Service Charge.
  •  Special permit for Mugu.

What's not included

  •  Drink bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cold drinks), cigarettes.
  •  Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  •  Client’s personal insurance.
  •  Personal Equipment.
  •  All personal expenses.
  •  Rescue charge.
  •  Tips, donations and Temple/ Monastery entry fee.
  •  Excess baggages charges in domestic flights.


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Client Reviews

2019 haben wir einen Nepaltrip mit Hari und sein Team verwirklicht. Hari hat uns im Vorfeld geführt, denn wir können zwar die Annapurna umrunden, aber auch möglichst viel in den Seitentälern wandern. Er hat für uns eine Route durch das Nhar-Phu-Tal und auch zum Tilicho-See aus dem und dem Krieg für uns genau richtig. Die Vorbereitung, die Umsetzung, die Kunst wie Hari auf unsere Wünsche Wünsche ist ist Krieg - wir Ebene mit Hari auf jeden Herbst eine weitere Tour.


Köln, Deutschland

In May 2019, my father and I, did a trekking in Mustang with Hari Kumar Khatri as a guide and the “Mannschaft”: Nabin, Biman, Shatiman and Harkha. The trekking lasted about 20 days and we basically always slept in tends: sometimes outside the houses of the villagers and sometimes in the middle of nowhere.
Unfortunately, especially in the southern part of the Upper Mustang, people are building many roads which are literally destroying the landscape. But thanks to the knowledge of Hari of this territory, we were able to avoid the majority of the roads consequently avoiding other tourists and the traffic.
Overall, the trekking was very well organized. I really appreciated the fact that we were able to adapt the itinerary according to our preferences even during the trekking! I must add that Hari is not only a good guide but also a great cook!
This was my second trek with Hari and once again I really enjoyed it and I would for sure recommend him as a guide to somebody interested in doing a trekking in Nepal.
Thank you Hari and the Mannschaft for the great trekking and happy moments!
Valentina and Reto



Wir (2Pers.) haben im Oktober/November 2019, mit Nabin als Guide, den Manaslu Trekk und das Tsum Valley gemacht. Organisation und Durchführung der Reise waren top.Die Kommunikation im Vorfeld mit Hari hat auch bestens geklappt. Es war ein unvergesslicher Urlaub und ich werde bestimmt nochmal nach Nepal kommen und dann auch wieder mit dieser Agentur unterwegs sein.
Liebe Grüße an das ganze Team




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